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Secret behind happy staff? Ask XLRI

What keeps your manager hungry and raring to go? Is it a fatter pay cheque or is there something more?

Retaining and motivating talent is the key to running a successful business, but corporate houses are often clueless about what ticks and what doesn’t with employees. Here’s where XLRI, Jamshedpur, will help.

The premier B-school will release the results of their first national talent management survey at the sixth edition of their national human resource conference scheduled on January 19-20.

SAPPHIRE (Students’ Association for the Promotion of Personnel Management, Human Resources and Industrial Relations at XLRI) and the cradle’s HRD centre have conducted a survey of over a 100 corporate houses across India and compiled the inputs and insights.

These will be released at the human resource conference where corporate stalwarts such as representatives from Deloitte Consulting India Pvt. Ltd, Ernst & Young, Wipro Group, Tata Teleservices, Spencer’s Retail Limited and Nielsen India Pvt. Ltd among others are likely to attend.

According to faculty members, the comprehensive survey results will prove helpful to the corporate sector grappling with attrition.

“In layman terms, the survey results are about how corporate firms deal with and manage talents and make best use of a person at present and in the future. The results will be presented at the conference. It will be a learning experience for all,” said M.G. Jomon, SAPPHIRE chairperson and XLRI faculty member.

The theme for this year’s HR conference — emerging trends in talent management with focus on training, development, retention and succession — dovetails nicely into the launch of the survey results.

XLRI director Father E. Abraham said survey results would highlight HR practices aimed at retaining and fostering talented workforce and added that XLRI alumni had supported the initiative.

“The corporate world is in constant flux. To keep pace, our methodologies and techniques must keep evolving. We’ve noticed that despite the interest of academics and practitioners, the content and practice of talent management have remained obscure. XLRI will now fill the gap with the launch of the first national talent management survey results,” he said.

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